I need some parenting help y'all! How do you discipline a toddler?
Sam is so much fun and I love his little spirited personality more and more every day; but, recently, I've started worrying that I'm not doing enough to discipline him and teach him good behavior and habits. To be perfectly honest, I find myself caving to what is easiest (like just picking him up when he is crying, giving him what he wants, or adjusting my own plans to keep him happy) rather than doing what I truly believe is better for him - which is teaching him boundaries and respect. I feel really strongly that one of the most loving things I can do for Sam is to teach him to be a kind and respectful little man. That includes teaching him - in love - that there are consequences for his behaviors.
|I mean, how can I resist that face?!?|
For a long time, I felt like we weren't really there yet... There is a lot of information available about discipline at all different ages and stages, but I felt confident that I shouldn't worry about "spoiling" Sam too early on and that the time for "tough love" would come. Well... I think it has come; and, to be honest, I don't even know where to begin...
First, being consistent is hard for me, and I know that is really really important.
But, I also really don't know how to discipline a little one who can't even talk - much less rationally discuss good vs. bad behavior and consequences. He has a VERY high threshold for screaming (as in, he doesn't give up
at all easily), he won't sit in "time out", and I don't want to make him aversive to his bedroom/crib/etc. What's a momma to do?
I know many of you have been here before... I would REALLY appreciate any advice/tips regarding discipline for toddlers you might have to share. (And, I have a hunch some other momma's wouldn't mind a little help either.)
How do you handle discipline with a toddler at home? What about in public? What have you learned in your experience?
I'm anxious to read what you have to say, and (hopefully) come up with something that fits our little family and our little guy uniquely. Thank you in advance!
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